Wednesday’s spring training report: Rick Porcello in fine form
SCORE: Red Sox 6, Orioles 4
BREAKDOWN: Down 4-2, the Sox scored four runs in the eighth inning on assorted misplays by the Orioles, including failing to turn a double play, a wild pitch on a strikeout, and a passed ball. Andrew Benintendi was 2 for 3. The game drew a sellout crowd of 8,623, the fifth-largest for a game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.
PLAYER OF THE DAY: Rick Porcello allowed one run over five innings and threw 40 of 58 pitches for strikes. He threw 17 more in the bullpen to get to 75. Porcello will face the Cubs in Arizona next week in his final start before the regular season. “I felt great. Everything was working well,” he said. “Had the opportunity to mix in some sequences and use everything. It was a good building block.”
NEXT GAME: The Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays at 6:05 p.m. on Thursday at JetBlue Park. The game will be on NESN Plus. Hector Velazquez is the scheduled starter.